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September 8, 2016
A nice stand of blooming Sweet Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

6 Key Principles for Drought Tolerant Landscape Design

An underappreciated yet highly valuable benefit of a natural landscape is resilience to weather extremes, including drought. A thoughtful, established natural landscape is the next best thing to xeriscaping when it comes to dealing with drought conditions. But unlike xeriscaping a high quality natural landscape also offers resilience when the weather returns to normal or even swings to overly wet. […]
June 30, 2015
Digging up Oenothera for transplanting elsewher

Rebalancing your Plant Portfolio

I’ve noted before that a basic principle of natural landscaping is to allow plants to move around, filling in gaps and finding their preferred niche. It never ceases to amaze me how sensitive some plants are to very small changes in habitat conditions and how they will seek their preferred location if allowed. Likewise few plants read the books and […]
June 6, 2012

Embracing Change and an Unusual Groundcover

Great groundcovers are highly sought after by many gardeners and landscapers. From my perspective as both a landscape designer and a home gardener, I completely agree. A bed filled with successful groundcovers IS the lower maintenance alternative to lawns or highly controlled “borders”. The ideal is to find a single (or perhaps multiple) plant that will so completely dominate a […]
May 18, 2012

Weeds, Seedlings and Plant ID

WEEDS and SELF_SOWN “GOOD GUYS” Spring and the renewal of growth in our garden beds and other plantings raises a lot of questions about gardening and landscaping techniques and philosophies. One of the key questions that always comes to my mind is – is that a weed or not? The answer to this question and the actions one may or […]
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